, Newburyport, MA


October 15, 2013

Save your put-downs for arm-wrestling



What if one of Sam’s classmates (just one) had rallied the guts to stand by him?

What if just one of his classmates had insisted that “enough is enough”?

What if we had realized that we were abusing Sam not only as individuals but also as a community?

Sam died with three words on a note: “Enough is enough!”

What if his classmates had lived with three words on our minds: ‘Differences are good!”

Differences of looks, height, weight, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, nationality … the Archie Bunker “whatever”!

The power that each of us has to support one another is phenomenal!

The opposite is also true!

God forgive us!

And kudos to the students of today whose level of consciousness has been raised to the point of proactively confronting any form of bullying on the spot, nipping it in the bud! Or, at least sharing such abuse confidentially with an adult who can do something about it!

The Sams of the world continue to cry out: “Enough is enough!”

What if each and every classroom in America were to post (and enforce): “Save your put-downs for arm-wrestling!”


The Rev. Dr. Bob Gallagher of Salisbury can be contacted at

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